The Wick Curiosity Shop had another outing at the Building Exploratory with the Senior Bee's 'Wild Christmas Party' hosted by Pudding Mill River:Purveyors of Sporting Spirits and Foodstuffs. This was a follow up to the 'Walk on the Wild Side of the Wick' exploring Hackney Wick and the Greenway with the Senior Bee's in September. Hilary presented her film ' The Games' and other creative work going on around the fringes of the Olympic site before opening up the Wick Curiosity Shop website and exploring it on the (quite) big screen. Plenty of fascinating new information and stories emerged immediately from those like Graham who had actually worked in the Lesney Matchbox toy factory and Bella and Richard who live in Hackney Wick - we'll be updating the shop asap accordingly and hope for more links and stories to come.
The event was accompanied by Pudding Mill River's popular Bow Back blackberry crumble cake and the first chance of the season to sample the ultimate 'Olympic Spirit' in the form of Sloe Gin made from Hackney Marsh sloes. Tex put it well by saying 'a bird cannot fly with one wing....' - after some confusion this led to a second shot of the strong stuff all round!
The Senior Building Exploratory Explorers are a very active group meeting regularly to explore the built environment and all the issues this involves. Karen Elmes (Lifelong Learning Officer) runs the sessions and Ruth Clarke was on hand to introduce plans for 2009 and the O Space project exploring sporting buildings and history with particular emphasis on the Olympic development. Dan Edelstyn of Optimistic Productions was filming as part of a film being made for the Building Exploratory documenting their great exhibition and activities before they move location in the New Year and Optimistic Productions are also pleased to be working on the film for O Space in the coming year.